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Monday, January 22, 2018

A First Time Hostel Experience with Israel’s Abraham Hostels

Abraham Hostels Review

Never say never.  That has always been one of my mantras.  And yet, there was one thing I said I would never do.  I said I would never, ever, ever stay in a hostel.  Hostels are for solo travelers, super budget travelers, backpackers, and kids in their late teens or early twenties, right?  We don’t fit into any of those categories.  The thought of sharing a room with strangers and sleeping in a bunk bed frankly makes my skin crawl.  However, when we spoke to Abraham Tours and they offered to host us both on their tours and in their hostels, how could we say no?  Thus started our first time ever staying in a hostel.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Best Things to Do in Moosehead Lake Maine

Moosehead Lake Fall Foliage Things to Do in Moosehead Lake Maine

We visited Moosehead Lake in Maine for two main reasons: hiking and fall foliage.  But these aren’t the only things to do in Moosehead Lake, and fall isn’t the only season to visit.  There are a number of great things to do in Moosehead Lake, most involving the great outdoors, and many can be done in any season. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Did You Know? 3 Reasons to Choose Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Sun Living Room Did you Know? 3 Reasons to Choose Viking Ocean Cruises

Most people think of river cruises when they hear the Viking Cruises name.  Did you know Viking has ocean cruises too?  Viking only recently, in 2015, joined the ocean cruise ranks with the Viking Star, yet they are on track to be the largest small-ship ocean cruise line by 2019 and already one-third of their revenue comes from their ocean cruises.  Viking has been named the world’s #1 ocean cruise line by Travel + Leisure and Cruise Critic.  What is the secret of their success?  They know who their customer is and they do everything to make sure that customer gets the best experience possible.  Viking has reinvented ocean cruising.  Here are three reasons to choose Viking Ocean Cruises for your next ocean cruise.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Top Things to Do with Two Days in Hanoi

Old Quarter Things to Do in Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city, located in northern Vietnam.  Hanoi is frenetic and has a reputation for its crazy traffic, mostly made up of motorbikes.  It’s also known for its French architecture and mouthwatering variety of Vietnamese street food.  On our Magnificent Mekong tour with Viking River Cruises, we had 48 hours in Vietnam.  Even with that short amount of time, we were able to fit in a lot of the best things to do in Hanoi, including viewing Ho Chi Minh, visiting Hoa Lo Prison and a few temples, and eating a lot of delicious food, all while successfully dodging motorbikes, or riding on the back of one. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

10 Fun Things to Do in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

Puerto Peñasco Sign Things to Do in Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco was a Mexican seaside destination of which we were completely unaware, which is a shame since it’s a relatively short 5.5-hour drive from our home in San Diego.  Puerto Peñasco has many names, including Rocky Point and Arizona’s beach, because of its close proximity to the Arizona border.  Puerto Peñasco turned out to be the perfect Mexico beach resort vacation spot for us.  While there are the typical clubs for drinking and dancing and off-color souvenirs being sold on the streets, there are also a lot of fun things to do in Puerto Peñasco for families and couples looking to have a fun or relaxing time.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Traditional Vietnamese Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Vietnam

Bánh Mì Bread Traditional Vietnamese Food

There are so many things to be excited about when traveling to Vietnam, but one of the things we were really looking forward to was trying Vietnamese cuisine.  We were traveling with Viking River Cruises on their Magnificent Mekong river cruise trip, so we weren’t sure how many opportunities we would have to eat traditional Vietnamese food.  We actually had a number of occasions to try Vietnamese dishes, but one of the best decisions we made was to spend some time taking two street food tours in Hanoi with Duc Ivan, owner of Hanoi Street Food Tours. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Maine’s Hiking Challenge: Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Peregrine Ridge Trail View Maine Hiking Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit

Nowadays we thrive on taking challenges and getting rewarded for our accomplishments.  Isn’t that why we get hooked on smartphone games that reward us with coins and gems and stars?  There are a number of hiking challenges popping up around the world for climbing certain peaks within a set amount of time.  Maine’s Moosehead Lake has something similar with its Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit.  Maine’s hiking challenge is to peak six mountains in the region and get a certificate and bragging rights.  Wisely, you aren’t required to peak all six within a certain time period, giving travelers to Maine a reason to come back.